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April 6, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(14):1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760140048018

For some time newspapers have been recording the gradual changes that have taken place in a girl, Patricia Maguire, who was apparently infected some years ago with epidemic (lethargic) encephalitis and who has since that time been passing through a prolonged period of somnolence.1 In February 1932 she found herself unable to stay awake. The tendency to sleep increased. Gradually diplopia and other eye changes occurred. Eventually the diagnosis of epidemic encephalitis was made. No doubt because she had been previously connected with a local newspaper, her case has been regularly discussed in the press of Chicago and from time to time items have been widely republished by newspaper syndicates. Incidentally, it is a well established fact that the publication in newspapers or the announcement over the radio of extraordinary cases, particularly when there is a romantic interest, brings to the persons concerned not only a vast correspondence from

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